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Kate Middleton Struck the Festive-But-Chic Balance

If we can't have Prince William himself dressed up in a Santa suit and a full white beard, then this is a solid second choice. Kate Middleton has continued her run of perfect, Christmas-ready fashion this morning, as the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge arrived together at the Evelina London Children's Hospital. The royal couple brought plenty of holiday cheer with their visit to residents, following Kensington Palace's announcement that Kate has been named patron of the hospital.

After last week's adorable Emilia Wickstead tartan skirt moment, and her super cool Meghan-esque green blazer, the Duchess opted for a similarly festive shade for Tuesday's appearance. Striking the perfect balance between kinda-Christmassy and still entirely sophisticated, Kate wore a forest green L.K. Bennett dress covered in a cute polkadot print (one of her favorites, right now), with cuffed long sleeves, a midi length and a sweet, pussybow neckline.

It's a classic Kate Middleton look, which the Duchess styled with a khaki suede clutch bag by the same designer, simple pointed heels, and her signature, shiny blow out.

In an announcement regarding Kate's future work for the hospital, the Palace explained that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's visit today will see them dive into Christmas activities with the children, while they ”learn more about how the hospital supports children and their families, and the specialist services provided to children with rare and complex conditions.'

Later, they'll head to The Passage, a homelessness resource center, where they'll hear how workers help to assist homeless people in the city with the struggles that they face. It's sure to be a sentimental afternoon for Prince William, who first visited the homeless charity in 1994 along with younger brother Prince Harry when the pair were just 12 and 10. Back then, they accompanied their late mother Diana, Princess of Wales, for the trip.

Dreaming of wearing Kate's polkadot dress over the holidays and living your true, Duchess realness? You're in luck—it's somehow still in stock at L.K.Bennett, but be quick. It goes without saying that anything worn by the Duchess will be sold out by the end of the day.

How To Customize A Cheap Prom Dress

Are you planning of attending a prom and yet you don't have a lot of money to buy a fancy prom dress? Worry not as you can customize the outfit and make it the most expensive dress of the night. Here are tips on how to customize the outfit:

Do some stitching

If you have stitching skills you can put them into practice by stitching a row of decorative trim around the waistline, hemline, or neckline. To provide an eye-catching contrast you should use a lace, textured ribbon, or a beaded trim that coordinates your dress. You can sew a straight row or gather and tuck it under your dress.

Paint the dress

If you are confident of your painting skills you should consider painting the dress. For ideal results you should use thin brushes. You can paint anything that you want. For example, you can paint flowers on the dress. You can also create strips at the bottom of the outfit.

Do some embroidery

Is embroidery one of your hobbies? You should use your hobby to customize your cheap prom dress. One of the easiest places to embroider is your neckline. The best way of going about it is repeating the design that you choose in a triangular pattern that starts at the waistline of the dress and then expands until it encompasses the front of the skirt.

Accessorize the outfit

Since you had bought the outfit at a very low price, there are very high chances that you have some money that you can buy a number of accessories. The best accessories to buy are necklaces, bangles, and earrings. As rule of thumb you should ensure that all of them match the theme of the dress.

There are many places where you can find cheap prom dresses. The most common ones are discount and thrift shops. When buying the outfits you should be very careful so that you don't buy worn out or spotted outfits. To avoid looking weird you should buy an outfit that is modern and almost similar to a fancy dress.